In this thesis, I will explore the production and conservation of Roman era mosaics, examining their co-occurrence in high elite domestic spaces and how they reveal the varying function(s) of these spaces. Citing both archaeological examples from Villa Cottanello and Villa Imperiale di Cesare e Massenzio, each about a day’s journey from Rome, as well as museum collections at Yale University, Princeton University, and University of Pennsylvania, I emphasize the importance of conservation. Standard archaeological practice often consists of removing objects from in situ contexts and transferring them to a lab for further research. Unfortunately, in many cases, the objects are poorly stored and forgotten, leading to deterioration over time. I argue archaeological projects must prioritize proper conservation practices and storage to avoid deterioration and enhance conservation efforts. This will positively impact how projects approach delicate contexts while strengthening interpretation.
Goodrich, Arabella, "Production, Function, and Conservation of Ancient Roman Mosaics and their Display in Museums in the United States" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8101.
Art and Materials Conservation
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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